Top Oklahoma Football Recruit Reacts To The Mike Stoops Firing

first_imgOklahoma flag is run on field ahead of home game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 08: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad celebrates a touchdown against the UCLA Bruins at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Bruins 49-21. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma’s football program announced this morning the official decision to part ways with defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, the younger brother of former OU head coach Bob Stoops.Mike Stoops served two stints on Oklahoma’s staff. He was most-recently the defensive coordinator from 2012-18.“I have great respect for Mike,” head coach Lincoln Riley said. “He’s a quality football coach, great man and a close friend. It became time for a change in our program and that happens sometimes in football, but we cannot lose sight of the accomplishments Mike had at Oklahoma. He was responsible for a lot of success and deserves the gratitude of everyone associated with Sooner football, not only for his role in the winning, but for coaching with integrity.”One of Oklahoma football’s top defensive recruits, four-star Jaden Davis, reacted to the news on social media.“I stand by this through it all, Boomer Sooner…” he wrote.I stand by this through it all, Boomer Sooner…— IV (@Jayd4_) October 8, 2018Davis was recruited by Stoops.The four-star defensive back is ranked the No. 27 CB in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He chose Oklahoma over Florida and Penn State, among other programs.last_img read more

Le Programme de tribunal dinstruction de causes de violence familiale maintenant offert

first_imgUn nouveau programme de tribunal spécial à Halifax contribuera à instaurer de meilleurs rapports et aidera à protéger les victimes de violence familiale et leur famille contre d’autres actes de violence. Le deuxième programme de tribunal d’instruction de causes de violence familiale a été inauguré officiellement aujourd’hui 28 février à la Cour provinciale sur Spring Garden Road. La juge Amy Sakalauskas de la Cour provinciale présidera ce tribunal qui siégera une journée par semaine. Les premières causes seront entendues la semaine prochaine. Le premier Programme de tribunal d’instruction de causes de violence familiale de la Nouvelle-Écosse a été lancé en 2012 à Sydney. Il traite environ 300 causes par année. Ces deux tribunaux proposent une intervention précoce au moyen de programmes destinés aux personnes qui commettent des actes de violence, afin de les aider à changer leur comportement et à cesser de commettre des actes de violence. « La violence familiale touche beaucoup trop de vies et nous savons que les femmes et leurs enfants en sont les principales victimes, de dire Kelly Regan, ministre responsable du Conseil consultatif sur la condition féminine, au nom du ministre de la Justice, Mark Furey. Le programme de tribunal visera surtout à soutenir dès le départ les victimes de violence familiale. « En misant sur les leçons retenues du programme à Sydney et en étendant le programme à la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, nous pouvons ainsi intervenir plus tôt et accroître la sûreté de notre collectivité. » Ces programmes sont un nouveau moyen de remédier à la violence entre partenaires intimes. Contrairement à un tribunal traditionnel, axé sur la confrontation, le tribunal d’instruction de causes de violence familiale repose davantage sur une approche thérapeutique; il fait appel à une intervention communautaire coordonnée qui met les membres de la famille en contact avec les services et les soutiens offerts là où ils vivent. La personne accusée d’actes de violence doit aussi assumer la responsabilité de ses actes et s’engager à participer. « Une grande partie du programme consiste à surveiller les progrès des contrevenants et à soutenir ces personnes, de même que les progrès de la victime et de ses proches, et ce, jusqu’au rétablissement de la situation, indique la juge en chef de la Cour provinciale et du Tribunal de la famille, Pamela Williams. « Nous comptons sur les organismes qui œuvrent dans la collectivité pour le soutien continu nécessaire, ce qui fait qu’il était si important que ces groupes travaillent avec nous dès le début quand nous avons élaboré le programme. Il s’agit réellement d’une approche collaborative et globale pour remédier à la violence familiale. » Plus de 50 représentants issus de 25 organismes communautaires et de divers ministères gouvernementaux ont contribué à la planification et à l’élaboration de programmes et de mesures de soutien pour les familles qui utiliseront le tribunal. « Nous sommes ravis de voir que le tribunal pour l’instruction de causes de violence familiale de la Nouvelle-Écosse devient réalité dans la région d’Halifax, souligne Heather Byrne, directrice générale d’Alice Housing. Nous avons hâte de voir comment ce programme aidera à assurer la sécurité des clients d’Alice Housing et des autres victimes de violence familiale et à permettre que leur voix soit entendue. » « Ce nouveau tribunal illustre très bien comment la collectivité, le gouvernement et le système judiciaire ont uni leurs efforts pour vraiment changer les choses, de dire Wendy Keen, directrice générale de New Start Counselling. Le processus de travail a réellement été honnête et ouvert, et il est axé sur la création d’une intervention respectueuse, juste et attentionnée à l’égard des personnes victimes de violence familiale. » Pour de plus amples renseignements sur le tribunal (en anglais seulement) : read more

Pro gamers to converge on Toronto for national Call of Duty championship

TORONTO — Many people have a go-to tool at work. For Andrew Ivers, it’s a KBAR-32 this weekend.The 19-year-old from Toronto is a professional gamer who hopes to use his virtual assault rifle to help Team GIRG win the Cineplex WorldGaming “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” tournament final Sunday.Eight teams are competing for a total of $65,000 in prize money at the downtown Scotiabank Theatre. It’s an active spectator sport with fans paying from $9.50 to $40 to get into the 500-seat cinema with providing online tournament coverage.Ivers is in his third year as a pro gamer but missed out on last year’s national finals because he was 20 days too young.He was competing in Dallas last week and Atlanta and Paris in February, scoring good son points by taking his mother with him to France.Giant robots and US$143K in prizes: Vancouver’s Piranha Games’ on Mech_Con 2016 and eSports in CanadaProfessional video gaming: Canadian and his team win $1M at Halo World Championship“It’s tough to take vacations and stuff because there’s always another tournament or I’ve always got to practise or I have to be away this weekend at a different place,” he said. “So I told my mom to just come and we’d kind of have a mini-vacation while I’m out there. So we stayed two extra days to kind of explore the city which was cool.”Not surprisingly, he’s enjoying the life and plans to keep doing it for a few years.“I think it’s a really good opportunity for me to continue to make a little bit of money and see the world a little bit,” he said. “And kind of see where it goes from there.”Ivers won some US$10,000 in prize money in 2016 and also was on salary with his team.“So I didn’t do too bad last year,” he said.And while he’s not driving a Porsche yet, his TV producer dad has one. “He doesn’t let me drive it yet.”Aside from work, Ivers doesn’t spend much time in front of a console. You won’t find him putting his feet up to play FIFA for fun.“I’m really drawn to the competition and the fact that I can make money playing,” he said. “So it’s kind of spoiled the rest of gaming for me in a way, because I don’t really play that many other games just casually.”Activision While he takes a controller and headset to work, it’s still serious business. Ivers moved to Michigan last year for several months to live and train with teammates at the Detroit Renegades.Ivers had a minor setback this week when a button on his controller stopped working properly. He’s calling in a loaner from a friend for the tournament.Players change teams regularly and Ivers plays with a different group in the “Call of Duty” World League. He estimates his team played six hours a day together in advance of last week’s event in Dallas.Each season, the pros decide which tournament maps they will use for the year.Gamers come with handles (Ivers is Ivy, for example) while Sunday’s broadcast team of Maven, Courage and Mr. X evokes memories of “Top Gun.”GIRG — which also includes Jevon (Goonjar) Gooljar-Lim, Peirce (Gunless) Hillman and Matteo (Royalty) Faithfull — is up against Ontario’s SetToDestroyX, Fury Gaming, 1Hype and Solar HQ and Quebec’s Earthroot Gaming, ReZist Esports and Team Impulse.I’m really drawn to the competition and the fact that I can make money playingThe name GIRG comes from the first letter of the members’ handles.Cineplex, seeing both a growing trend and another use for its theatres, got into the growing world of competitive gaming in September 2015 when it purchased WorldGaming for US$15 million while promising an additional $5-million investment “to expand the business model.”With PlayStation and game publisher Activision actively involved in the “Call of Duty” tournament, just about every part of the gaming equation is involved.And with the event starting at 10 a.m. and the final rounds set for 5-6 p.m., spectators will no doubt take advantage of the concessions.“The experience we offer not only to the teams and players but the fans is pretty cool,” said WorldGaming CEO Wim Stocks.At present, Cineplex has 24 theatres across the country — including two at the Scotiabank Theatre — that are equipped to host gaming events.WorldGaming ran a solo-player “Call of Duty” tournament last year with 18-year-of Allameen Ally of Brampton, Ont., taking home $20,000 for his “Call of Duty — Black Ops III” prowess.There were also “Street Fighter” and “Uncharted 4” competitions with events involving more games planned for this year. It also holds collegiate competitions.Sunday’s finalists survived online and regional qualifiers and online playoffs to get to the finals and the chance of the first-place purse of $20,000 and a trip to the 2017 CWL Anaheim Open.The Canadian Press read more